By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 at 11:04 am in Schools.
The education world’s abuzz over Oregon’s Oakridge school district, which just announced it is joining 40 other school districts across that state by converting to a 4-day school week. Same number of classroom hours – classes will start earlier and run later – but kids will get 3-day weekends every week. It’s not just a cost-cutting measure, administrators said. Other districts report that when they went to the shortened week, teacher attendance went up and student discipline improved. We’ve heard similar reports from colleges too. New York’s SUNY Canton, which plans to shut down its campus on Fridays, estimated the savings in electricity and fuel bills alone at $250,000. Other colleges say they saw enrollment rise, and staff absenteeism and turnover plummet with the change. What do you think?